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Jakarta Post

Angelina’s lenient sentence shows antigraft body’s failure

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2013   /  09:22 am

Antigraft activists decried the lenient jail sentence given to Democratic Party lawmaker Angelina Sondakh, saying the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) needs to strengthen cases against defendants and ensure those convicted of graft get the maximum jail sentence.

The activists lamented the failure of the KPK prosecutors to pursuade the judges to hand down a severe punishment to Angelina.

The KPK prosecutors previously indicted Angelina with three alternative charges, two of which were bribery charges that carry a maximum sentence of five years each and another charge with a 20-year
maximum prison term.

The prosecutors deemed Angelina guilty of receiving Rp 12.58 billion (US$1.3 million) and $ 2.35 million in kickbacks from the Permai Group, a holding company belonging to former Democratic Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, which won the tender to build the Jak...